Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of two ongoing series: the Bibliophile Mysteries featuring San Francisco bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright, whose rare book restoration skills uncover old secrets, treachery and murder; and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries (as seen on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries), featuring Shannon Hammer, a home contractor who discovers not only skeletons in her neighbors’ closets, but murder victims, too.
Kate’s Latest Fixer-Upper Mystery is Shot Through the Hearth, available October 29.
The Fixer-Upper Mysteries are, for the most part, rooted in reality. Other than the sheer unlikelihood of a small-town home contractor stumbling over one dead body after another, of course, but mystery readers accept and expect that.
What’s a murder mystery without a little murder?
What I mean is that the world in which the characters live has the same rules as our own. No one flies, no one teleports. Lighthouse Cove, like many small towns, appears quaint and idyllic but has a dark side, too.
With the latest book, Shot Through the Hearth, I felt somewhat less constrained by reality—and I had an absolute ball writing it! Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t suddenly start writing sci-fi or paranormal or magical realism or anything like that. Let me explain. . .
Shannon Hammer specializes in Victorian home renovation, and she’s been hired by tech billionaire Raphael Nash (Rafe) to restore his farmhouse in time for his green technology summit. He wants to save the planet, and he’s convinced that he can. He has invited some of the world’s most forward thinkers to Lighthouse Cove to collaborate.
This gave me so much freedom to play! I researched and included lots of real-life cutting-edge technology, but I also let my imagination take me—and the reader—to exciting, unexpected places.
Here’s a snippet from the book to whet your appetite:
Rafe sat forward in his chair, getting into the subject. “We’ve got an eco-fisheries expert whose passion is tide pools. And another, my friend Julian Reedy, is a world-renowned plant expert who is determined to prove that plants can communicate with humans.” He grinned. “Oh, and wait ’til you see the Stephanie vine. She’s this huge, fast-growing plant that moves and grows in reaction to human pheromones. She’s extraordinary.”
“Wait,” Carla said. “Stephanie is . . . a plant?”
“Yeah. You’ll see. It’s very cool. And another buddy, Arnold Larsson, is a pioneer in the field of smart mice studies.”
Mice? I shivered. One of my deepest, darkest secrets was that I was deathly afraid of mice. But I wasn’t about to mention it here and now.
“And Shannon, I would love to display some of the tiny houses you’ve been building. They’re perfect for people who’re looking to step away from the grid and leave a smaller carbon footprint.”
See what I mean? So much fun! I don’t want to spoil too much for you, so I’ll just say that there are lots of other fun concepts and ideas to fire up your imagination as you read.
Of course, not everyone is thrilled about the conference. Rafe’s former business partner, in particular, is cranky about all the money flying out the window. Some people can never be rich enough. But he won’t be alive to complain very long. . .
I hope you’ll have as much fun reading Shot Through the Hearth as I had writing it. You can read chapter one for free at https://katecarlisle.com/shot-through-the-hearth.php. Please let me know what you think! You can reach me via my website or at www.facebook.com/katecarlislebooks
ABOUT SHOT THROUGH THE HEARTH:
Contractor Shannon Hammer is measuring murder motives in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Wrench in the Works and Eaves of Destruction…
Shannon’s good friend and retired tech billionaire, Raphael Nash, is loving his new retired life but he can’t stay unoccupied for too long. He’s started the Marigold Foundation that helps fund small companies and individuals who do humanitarian work around the world. It’s an exciting time in Lighthouse Cove as Raphael hosts the first ever global conference inviting big thinkers from every area of industry to give presentations on eco-living.
Raphael’s old business partner arrives in town with a grudge and a plan to steal him away from his important new passion project. Shannon knows her friend has no intention of giving up Marigold and is proud of Raphael for sticking to his guns. But when his former associate winds up dead, all signs point to Raphael.
It’s up to Shannon to hammer out the details of the murder before her friend gets pinned for the crime…
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